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Juvenile Programs

Left, Terance Irons, a former participant in the dual jurisdiction program; Middle, Sarah Johnson, Assistant Public Defender for Missouri; Right, Judge Jack Garvey, Division 17, 22nd Missouri Circuit Court.
Alex Heuer

Juvenile offenders certified as adults would normally go to an adult prison facility. But in 1995, a program was created in Missouri to change the trajectory of those offenders.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Each year, more than 300,000 school-age children go through the criminal justice system. This means that America, a country with the worlds’ highest incarceration rate, is also the global leader in the criminalization of its children. Due in large part to “zero tolerance” policies adopted in the late 1990s, our country’s educational and juvenile court systems have become major suppliers to the school-to-prison pipeline.